Runners can now make their way across town safely thanks to the efforts of a local business owner.
Naperville Running Company’s owner Krist Hartner contacted the Naperville Park District to see if they’d be willing to plow the pedestrian bridge over Route 59, just south of 95th Street, up to its end at Naperville-Plainfield Road.
Hartner noticed the problem after several customers from their new Route 59 store complained that they couldn’t use the bridge in the winter weather.
“A lot of times you can’t really run on the roads as much because the shoulders get nasty and it’s all crammed and crowded, and when you see the heavy use that path gets over the summer you know people want to use it. It also connects the two sides of 59 so having that link is nice for people so they can get from one side to the other without it being a mess,” said Hartner.
The new partnership has both sides pitching in, the Park District provides the equipment and labor while the Running Company picks up the fee.
If you choose to take this path in the cold weather, make sure you are prepared with appropriate clothing.
“The biggest thing is making sure you cover up your skin, so that means in temperatures like today where it’s zero degrees and 20 something below with wind chill you definitely need some sort of face mask,” said Hartner.
Other tips include wearing mittens rather than gloves and using eye protection on windy days. And as always, layering is key; the outside layer should have win protection and the outside layer should pull moisture away from the body.